Isambard Kingdom Brunel

A waterfall of black chains


looms behind the man in the stovepipe hat.


Cigar. Wrinkled clothes. This is


Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


Who could not stop working. Slept


and ate at the shipyard.


The largest ship in the world.


Driven to outdo himself.


Fashioned from iron plate and


powered by three separate means.


Able to sail to Ceylon and back


without refueling. Fated


to lay the Atlantic cable, the India cable.


Untouched in size for forty years.


The Great Leviathan. The Little Giant,


Isambard Kingdom Brunel.


Builder of tunnels, ships, railroads, bridges.


Engineer and Genius of England.


He should have built churches, you know.


Everything he prayed for came true.


Isambard Kingdom Brunel


Photograph from the National Portrait Gallery, London

 

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